ode to garter stitch
my own pattern
knit in this this amazing stuff. wool, mohair, and soysilk. my first time knitting in soy silk. i don’t think i’d like a whole skein of it, but in this form it was very fun. her shop is here.
i bought this skein with some christmas money. i have to tell you that when i got it in the mail it made me insanely happy. i just kept looking at it and touching it, and so of course i had to ball it up and knit with it right away. i think this yarn was perfect for garter stitch. i originally switched to stockingnet stitch at some point and the striping just wasn’t as pleasant as the bubbly thickness of garter. it has a divine halo and is nice and thick and warm and fuzzy like only mohair is. all i really have to say about this hat is YUM! i didn’t originally want to call it neopolitan, but perhaps it is more apt than i thought. yay! it has been renamed by my friend susan to chocolate dipped cherry hat.
the one irritating thing in the knitting of this is my own damn fault. i insist upon doing garter stitch in the round. it really is a pain, and yet if i’m making a hat i always do it. maybe it’s because flat hats just don’t make sense to me. i think it’s a psychological issue…
i have to admit, on the other hand, that this shape is not my favorite (it is different from the root vegetable)- unless it has something hanging off of it. due to my inability to make and hang pompoms, i made a tassel instead (see modeled shot on flickr).
anyhow, this is the last of the garter stitch thesis projects, unless i have extra time or accidentally do more.
here are some of my thoughts on the beauties of garter stitch:
2) keeps stockingnet stitch (or lace) from curling
3) the ideal flat stitch – all the same all the time
“It was used to make garters, or the tops of stockings where the most horizontal elasticity was required…” -Barbara Walker from A Treasury of Knitting Patterns
interesting that it is the first stitch pattern most knitters do, and then we loose sight of it. i started coming back around when sarah was using it as the brim of a hat. so starts the love affair all over again.
can you think of any other reasons to love garter stitch?